I bought a sigma 18 - 200mm dc lens for nikon almost half year ago and found there is dust inside the lens. My warranty will valid untill April 21 2009. Do you think it should be covered by warranty? I have three Nikon compatibale lens and non of them has dust inside. I mean it is not possible to cause this problem by normal use, am I right?
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Re: dust inside my sigma lens
Zoom lenses are kind of like a tire pump. They will draw air in (and out) when zoomed. The longer the throw of the zoom, the more air moved. You can try Sigma, they may cover it, but...
A small amount of dust should have no effect on the quality of your images, but I would be concerned about it being transferred to your camera's image sensor over time. ( I assume you are using the lens on a digital body )
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Assuming you get one with a Nikon mount, yes. Sigma makes their lenses with a variety of mounts to fit different makes of cameras. A lens with a Canon mount, for example, will not fit on a Nikon. A lens with a Nikon mount is fully compatible with the D50.
The Nikon D40 does not have an autofocus motor, relying on the lens having one. This Sigma lens does not have such a motor, relying on the camera having one. Nikon designates lenses with an autofocus motor AF-S, Sigma calls theirs HSM.
I strongly recommend you do not try this unless you are trained in camera/lens repairs and have the correct tools and solutions. Too many things that can go wrong, not the least of which is introducing more dust into the lens than you manage to clean off. Also, most lenses have a lesser or greater amount of sealant which may potentially be ruined. Lens elements are carefully aligned, and any misalignment on re-assembly will negatively affect focus in any lens, more so in a zoom. If the dust is affecting your photos, I suggest you have a local Sigma authorized camera repair shop clean it. And, most will have a limited warranty of 30 or 90 days. I speak from experience ... ::--))
Unfortunately, this lens is not supported by the D40 due to Nikon's unfortunate decision to leave out the autofocus motor from this camera. This is why I tell folks not to waste their money on the D40 - access to the many, many, many lenses that Nikon has made over the years, many of which are available used for a substantial savings, is lost on this camera. The only Nikon lenses that work are AF-S lenses, and some third party lenses that have their own internal motors. I got a list of Sigma lenses that are compatible with the D40 for you:
The list of compatible Sigma lenses for the Nikon D40 as of the current date is as follows:
10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC
17-35mm F2.8-4 DG
50-500mm F4-6.3 DG
APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM
70-200mm F2.8 DG MACRO
100-300mm F4 DG
120-300mm F2.8 DG
300-800mm F5.6 DG
14mm F2.8 EX
30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
150mm F2.8 EX DG
180mm F3.5 EX DG
300mm EX DG
500mm EX DG
800mm f5.6 EX DG
from here: http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1177682545.html Sorry for the bad news. The cheaper thing at this point may be to sell the D40 and get a D80. I personally have a D70S, but that is no longer made.